More about Paula

London based Wedding and Civil Partnership Photographer Paula Smith Hi, I’m Paula. I’m a full time professional photographer specialising in documentary wedding and civil partnership photography alongside a range of commercial and fine art photography services.

My style is very natural. I love to observe situations and capture real moments as they happen aiming for genuine expressions and compositions that tell a story.

People tell me I’m fun and relaxed to be around, and have a knack for making people feel really comfortable in front of the camera. In fact, most people forget I’m even there which for my 6ft height is incredible!

Background

A Londoner born and bred, I’ve taken photographs for as long as I can remember. But being a sensible girl, I studied sciences and got a ‘proper’ job in project management for environmental campaigns. It was a wonderful line of work and I had the privilege to work on some amazing projects, for some great organisations. Nevertheless, the travel and interest in the world just fuelled my obsession for taking documentary photographs of life and landscapes around me. So I switched paths, trained in photography and set about establishing my own creative business. Cor, that was over 7 years ago now.

I’m a versatile photographer use to working in different locations with people from all walks of life – one day I could be at a swanky five star hotel, the next a down to earth knees up in the local pub. It doesn’t matter to me because my mission is all about capturing your story and the day’s event.

So why wedding photography?

Well, for me it fufills everything I love about taking photographs. It’s creative, fast paced, has interesting locations, even more interesting people, allows me to photograph love and laughter and all kinds of lovely things.  Not only that but every wedding is unique and to be able to record fleeing moments knowing that a family will treasure them forever is so rewarding. I also love grandparents dancing, kids being cheeky, grooms crying and guests laughing so hard they might fall off their chair… I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture!

Some other (less useful) facts about me

I’ve walked with lions in Africa, enjoy growing vegetables, play guitar (really badly), and once had tea with Julian Fellowes and his lovely wife Emma where I gave him the idea for Downton Abbey. Ok, so the Downton Abbey part I completely made up!

I also love coffee, chocolate and Japanese food (though not necessarily in that order!), and I could probably bore anyone to death about why London is the greatest city on the planet.

For the latest on what I’m up to check out the blog and do stay in touch on facebook and twitter. I’d love to hear from you.